Simon Stephan

Research Scientist in the field of Cognitive Science at the University of Göttingen

About me

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Göttingen working in Michael Waldmann’s Lab of Cognitive and Decision Sciences. I’m interested in human causal learning and reasoning. Given that causal relationships are neither directly observable nor logically deducible, how do reasoners manage to learn about causes and effect so successfully? How do they use this knowledge to make predictions, diagnoses, or to explain things?

On this website I share information about my academic life. You’ll find things like an up-to-date CV, my publication list, and information about recent/ upcoming presentations (e.g., conference talks).


  • Computational Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Causal Learning and Reasoning


  • PhD in Psychology, 2019 University of Göttingen
  • MSc in Psychology, 2014 University of Göttingen
  • BSc in Psychology, 2012 University of Göttingen

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Computational Modeling Prize - Higher Level Cognition Awarded by the Cognitive Science Society
  • 2016 Leibniz-ScienceCampus Grant, value: 9,552.80€ Project: The relationship between causal and moral judgments
  • 2015 Leibniz-ScienceCampus Grant, value: 7,272.4€ Project: The role of intentions in children’s and adult’s causal ascriptions


  • Winter terms (since 2014/15): Statistical Methods I Seminar As part of the first year undergraduate psychology statistics class
  • Summer terms (since 2015): Statistical Methods II Seminar As part of the first year undergraduate psychology statistics class
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Recent Talks & Conference Presentations


  • The interplay between covariation, temporal, and mechanism information in singular causation judgments (Talk given at CPI-Lab [virtual], Feb 2021, Tübingen)


  • Interpolating Causal Mechanisms - The Paradox of Knowing More (Talk given at CIC-Lab [virtual], Apr 2020, Stanford University)


  • What made this happen? A computational modeling approach to answering causal queries about singular cases (Talk given at CRISP-Lab, Dez 2019, Heidelberg)
  • Computational Modeling and Progress in Cognitive Science (Talk given at ANaP-Lab, Oct 2019, Göttingen)


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